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What did you like best about The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 1? What did you like least?
What's not to like about Edgar Allen Poe? These are classic stories with a wide range of appeal. The narrator was so disappointing to me that I have not been able to finish listening to the sories.
What did you like best about this story?
Poe is not all death and murder. His stories range from clever satire, humor, mystery, and early forms of science fiction. There is no other figure in literature like him.
How could the performance have been better?
The biggest problem I have with the narrator is that he makes a loud inhaling sound before he begins a new sentence. By the end of the first story, his breathing noises had become so distracting that I was not even hearing the words anymore. He is not fluent either, often breaking a sentence with a long pause where there is no punctuation to justify it. And finally, he speaks in a subdued, quiet monotone. He does not seem to understand that not all of Poe's writing needs to be spoken with a kind of quiet gravity. Much of Poe's work calls for a tongue-in-cheek delivery. The least he could do is try to inject a little life into it.
Do you think The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I am glad to see more volumes of Poe's work with different narrators.
Any additional comments?
It's too bad that Vincent Price isn't around to give his voice to these stories. After watching his performances in the old movie adaptations of Poe's work, it is obvious that he not only understood the mechanics of the story, but he relished each delicious line.
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